Jewel of Sintra – Monserrate Park & Gardens

In the lush, green, mountainous heart of Sintra, Portugal, lies the villa and park gardens of Monserrate, the essence of Portuguese romanticism but nonetheless, sculpted and landscaped by Englishmen.

Vathek's Arch, so named after a character in William Beckford's novel
Vathek’s Arch, so named after a character in William Beckford’s novel

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A splash of Autumn Colour

Already, the birds are enjoying the berries and we are enjoying the beautiful shades & diversity of the autumnal garden. The balmy late September London sunshine is like a cherry on top. Early autumn is a special time to savour, knowing as we do, that there’s some way to go before the trees are truly bare. Meanwhile, all the vibrant colours have yet to unfold.

Autumn Colour  - hydrangeas, photinia red robin & pyracantha
A splash of Autumn Colour – hydrangeas, photinia red robin & pyracantha

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Claude Monet’s Gardens in Giverny

On a very hot summer day we visited the delightful Monet’s Gardens in Giverny and were mesmerised by the serenity and peaceful atmosphere. We wanted to share what we saw in the gardens with you as inspiration for your own garden along with some background information on the history of Monet and his exquisite gardens.

The Japanese-inspired Water Garden at the Claude Monet Gardens in Giverny
The Japanese-inspired Water Garden at the Claude Monet Gardens in Giverny

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Plants for UK Seaside Gardens and Coastal Areas

Grasses & Cordylines give vertical structure to this seaside garden
Ornamental Grasses & Cordylines give vertical structure to this seaside garden

It can be a challenge planting for seaside gardens and coastal areas. Plants need to be hardy enough to withstand the salty air and be able to stand up to a good old battering from the wind. To help you in planning your coastal garden, we list the plants that are known to work very well in these sometimes harsh coastal conditions. Read more Plants for UK Seaside Gardens and Coastal Areas